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Gender: F Origin of Christiane: German and French feminine form of Christian

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There are not one but two notable modern women with this name: journalist Christiane Amanpour and physician/author Christiane Northrup. In Germany, the pronunciation is kris-tee-ah-na while in France, it's kris-tee-ahn -- and in the U.S., there's sure to be confusion. While Christiane is not stylish, it's a strong, attractive, exotic-though-familiar name.

Famous People Named Christiane

Christiane Amanpour, TV journalist
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, German biologist and winner of the Nobel Prize
Christiane Jolissaint, Swiss tennis player
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, queen consort of Poland
Christiane Soeder, German-Austrian cyclist
Christiane F. (born Vera Christiane Felscherinow), German actress, basis for the book/film "We Children from Bahnhof Zoo"
Christiane Taubira, French minister of justice
Christiane Mercelis, Belgian tennis player
Christiane Northrup, American physician and author

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